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Remove blue lights, branding: JPSA

2014-07-18 22:46

Johannesburg - Justice Project SA (JPSA) said on Friday that Sanral should remove Gauteng traffic police branding, blue lights and sirens from its vehicles.

Having SA National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) vehicles with such branding and equipment was tantamount to impersonating a traffic officer, said chairperson Howard Dembovsky.

In addition, the 4X4 vehicles supplied to the Gauteng community safety department by Sanral had automatic number plate recognition equipment linked to the electronic national administration traffic information system (eNatis) installed on them.

He said it was not a legal requirement for any motor vehicle to have an e-tag.

Public roads

"Therefore there can be no justifiable reason or need for the Sanral-branded motor vehicles and trailers to be present at... roadblocks since all 49 gantries on the GFIP (Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project) have electronic equipment to detect e-tags."

JPSA believed that having Sanral-branded vehicles at Gauteng traffic police road blocks was an intimidation tactic.

"It is now crystal clear that the vehicles themselves are operating illegally and in violation of the National Road Traffic Act and regulations," Dembovsky said.

JPSA sent Sanral and Transport Minister Dipuo Peters a letter demanding Sanral stop using such vehicles on public roads or at roadblocks.

Dembovsky welcomed Peters' asking Sanral that prosecution of non-paying e-toll users be halted for now.

Transport department spokesperson Tiyani Rikhotso said earlier on Friday that Peters believed a number of outstanding issues needed to be sorted out.

Billing

"She's engaged with Sanral to hold back on the prosecution processes that has been spoken about," Rikhotso said.

"She believes there are still a number of outstanding issues that need to be resolved, particularly those that affect the users of the roads, including inaccurate billing."

The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) said on Tuesday that it had appointed two prosecutors to work with Sanral to deal with non-payment of e-tolls.

"We have assigned two prosecutors to work with Sanral with the view to establish whether the activities by some motorists constitute an offence in terms of the Sanral Act," NPA spokesperson Nathi Mncube said.


Comments
  • Paledi Wa Ga Matenchi - 2014-07-19 05:20

    Another good story to tell. Proudly brought to u by anc.

  • Raynard Hayden Looch - 2014-07-19 05:31

    I hate this obsession with blue lights!

  • Peter McNamara - 2014-07-19 06:13

    Yeh the first issue im not paying , I never asked for it.

  • Downs Shareholder - 2014-07-19 06:38

    Only those who voted for the ANC should be sent bills. I did not vote for them. I did not endorse etolls. Live me alone!

  • coenraad.vaneeden.5 - 2014-07-19 07:14

    I have seen them what are they looking for do they have the support of the a n c if not why not arresting them. Good lord they want the poor people that voted for them to pay

  • coenraad.vaneeden.5 - 2014-07-19 07:14

    I have seen them what are they looking for do they have the support of the a n c if not why not arresting them. Good lord they want the poor people that voted for them to pay

      Theo Duke - 2014-07-19 09:56

      R u dense?? Who the hell voted for Sanral?

  • Jaco Ehlers - 2014-07-19 07:18

    F...e tolls and f....Zuma as well

  • coenraad.vaneeden.5 - 2014-07-19 07:19

    All mini bus operators , please take note that you have turned on us "brothers"by not supporting all not to pay etoll

      John Carpenter - 2014-07-20 10:45

      as far as Im concerned we all need to turn on minibus operators, you lot are a scurvy on us law abiding road users!!taxis should just be banned your type can walk!! most of you are already starving due to ANC policy the roads should be available to peoplke who contribute and pay tax Taxi and the like should have a etag that cost 10x the amount of a normal one when they enforce it simply because you lot pay for nothing else!!

  • Kevin Marsh - 2014-07-19 07:39

    Scamral just never stop with there thuggery . Ripping motorists off and evicting the poor on the coldest day in Capetown .

      lacrimosewolf - 2014-07-19 10:34

      Nope, Kevin is quite correct. The land the people were evicted from is owned by SANRAL. SANRAL asked the court for an eviction order which the local law enforcement then had to carry out

  • Clint Warren - 2014-07-19 07:40

    "We have assigned two prosecutors to work with Sanral with the view to establish whether the activities by some motorists constitute an offence in terms of the Sanral Act." What a joke! Two prosecutors! For how many thousands of motorists? This is an exercise in futility, more money wasted. Give it up chaps. Let Vusi Mona and crew go screw up some other government "initiative."

  • Vic Grant - 2014-07-19 07:43

    Somebody in high places are getting a kickback.

  • Gerhardus Windpomp - 2014-07-19 08:14

    Any pictures of these vehicles to look out for? I've only seen the Rangers with orange lights that help when a car is broken down.

  • blain.manickum - 2014-07-19 08:14

    Etag free ??

  • Raymond Kok - 2014-07-19 08:30

    there is your third force

  • Sibongile Mabhoza Mbatha - 2014-07-19 08:36

    Under what regulation in NRTA 93/96 Is it illegal cuase its thats news to me!!!!

  • Humphrey Maboi - 2014-07-19 08:44

    Thx JPSA this has been worrying me a lot cos sanral, themselves do illegal acts on de road even de red emergency lights must as well be removed frm their cars.they are not paramedic personnel,sanral must do the right thing pls.

  • Coda - 2014-07-19 11:28

    It is an extremely bad idea to use blue lights.

  • Cg Tours - 2014-07-19 17:35

    It is ILLIGAL to sue Blue lights if not an emergency or the Police etc. Prosecute SANRAL>

      Cg Tours - 2014-07-19 17:38

      I mean to use Blue Lights.

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